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Schaumburg to Chicago train

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Schaumburg to Chicago train

We will be staying in Schaumburg at the DoubleTree for 4 nights in November for a conference and wondering if it is easy to get into Chicago a couple of evenings of our trip. It will be two adults and a baby. We will have a car, but won't be able to leave Schaumburg until 5 or 6pm. Is the metra train service a good way to travel? Is it even realistic to think that we'll be able to head into Chicago for a couple of hours for dinner, etc.? ANY tips/thoughts/advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

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1. Re: Schaumburg to Chicago train

It will take you over an hour to get to a downtown train station, and then you'll likely have to take a cab or public transit to a restaurant. It won't be worth the hassle.

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2. Re: Schaumburg to Chicago train

If you want to go downtown at that time if day , driving will be your best option - albeit a pain. www.spothero.com to save $$ on parking.

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3. Re: Schaumburg to Chicago train

In a word, no. The closest Metra route is the Union Pacific-Northwest line which has no Schaumburg stop. You'd need to drive NW from your hotel to the Cumberland Station or SE to the Des Plains station. Your hotel has a shuttle that operates within a five-mile radius of the hotel, but both stations are about ten miles away.

The trip takes about 40-minutes and you'd arrive at Ogilvie Station which is on the western edge of The Loop. From there, you'd need to catch a cab or other transit between a half and two miles, depending on where you're heading.

The fare would be $4.75, but neither station has an agent on duty then, so you would need to buy your inbound ticket onboard which adds a $3.00 surcharge. For your return, you could purchase tickets at Ogilvie, but trains only operate once per hour outside rush hours.

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4. Re: Schaumburg to Chicago train

If you want to go downtown at that time of day, driving will be your best option - albeit a pain. www.spothero.com to save $$ on parking.

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5. Re: Schaumburg to Chicago train

The Arlington Park Metra stop is probably the easiest to get to from where your hotel is, but it's a little bit the wrong direction. Or you can drive south to the Roselle or Itasca or Medinah stops. Unfortunately Schaumburg's a bit of a dead zone in between a couple of Metra lines. Or you can drive. Or you can go to one of the many restaurants in the Schaumburg area. You can certainly go downtown for dinner and back, but it will take an hour plus each way.

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6. Re: Schaumburg to Chicago train

traffic will likely be a nightmare at 5-6 PM---right in the middle of rush hour.... and the schaumburg area is notorious for bad traffic.... if you could possibly wait till maybe 7-7.30ish, take dave's advice and drive in..... you'll have to bite the bullet for parking, but if you wanna make it downtown once or twice during this visit, that's whatcha gonna hafta do.... otherwise, you could always go somewhere out there as there is a ton of stuff centered around woodfield mall.... another thing to remember, even if you do end up taking metra, service will be more limited on your way back, later in the evening.

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